Aladdin Planet of the Apes lunchbox
The Aladdin Planet of the Apes lunchbox is a vintage metal lunchbox depicting characters from the 1970s television series ‘Planet of the Apes’.
The Planet of the Apes television series ran for just 14 episodes in 1974. It followed on from the success of the original 1968 film and its four sequels, and the huge popularity of the films series was boosted by television showings for the first two films and movie marathons featuring all five accompanied by posters stating “20th Century Fox Wants You to Go Ape!”
The television series debuted in September 1974 but was quickly cancelled by CBS due to its low viewing figures. It did, however, spawn a range of merchandise including a series of Mego action figures and a lunchbox produced by Aladdin in 1974.
The Aladdin Planet of the Apes lunchbox
The lunchbox features images of the show’s main characters on the front and reverse. The front features a depiction of Colonel Alan Virdon and Major Peter J. Burke (the two human astronauts stranded on the planet) tied up and held prisoner by the Gorilla general Urko, whilst counselor Zaius and his chimpanzee assistant Galen look on. The reverse shows Burke and Galen attempting to rescue Virdon as he is led on horseback by Urko.
The sides of the box show Virdon, Burke and Galen on the run, a group of humans chased by a Gorilla on horseback, Urko and Zaius in conversation and a group of humans inspecting the astronauts’ crashed spacecraft.
The lunchbox also came complete with a black-lidded thermos flask, featuring images of Virdon, Burke and Galen on the sides.
How much is an Aladdin Planet of the Apes lunchbox worth?
The Aladdin Planet of the Apes lunchbox is highly sought after by collectors of both vintage lunchboxes and Planet of the Apes memorabilia. Examples with their thermos flasks intact can sell for between $50 - $100 on auction sites such as eBay, depending on their condition.
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